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Three Vietnamese found in refrigerated container in Ireland

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed the presence of three individuals believed to be Vietnamese nationals in a refrigerated container at Rosslare port, Ireland, said the ministry’s spokesperson Pham Thu Hang today, January 11.

Irish authorities discovered 14 migrants, including three Vietnamese, in the refrigerated container at Rosslare port.

An investigation of suspected human trafficking was launched by Irish police on January 10, following the detection of a group consisting of one man, three women, and two children inside the container on a tractor trailer at Rosslare port.

The individuals have undergone medical examinations and are reported to be in stable condition. Among the group, there were three Vietnamese, one Turkish, and the remainder being Kurds from Iran and Iraq, according to Irish media.

Irish Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said he felt relief at the safety of the migrants, who were believed to have stayed inside the container for over 24 hours.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has directed the Vietnamese Embassy in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as in Ireland to collaborate with local authorities to verify the identities of these individuals and implement necessary measures to ensure their protection.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the country would swiftly process potential asylum applications, adding that “humanitarian response is our top priority”.

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